‘Black Knights of Cockaigne’

JOE BECKER | ITCHED RAW SUNBURNED IMPETIGO WON’T STOP ME SNARFING AND DANCING ALL NIGHT BROTHER | OIL AND SPRAY PAINT ON CANVAS | 54 X 60 “

Montréal artist Joe Becker’s newest large-format paintings are a disturbing mix of innocence, nostalgia, decay, and mass-market characters and icons from his youth.

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JOE BECKER | SUICIDE WATCH | OIL AND SPRAY PAINT ON CANVAS | 72 X 96 INCHES

“The comically strange, morally corrupt, beer-soaked and often frightening realm depicted in Black Knights of Cockaigne depict a phantasmagoric, nightmarish world of excess and corruption,” say the notes for his solo exhibition at Patrick Mikhail Gallery.

JOE BECKER | EFFIGY | OIL AND SPRAY PAINT ON CANVAS | 96 X 144 "

JOE BECKER | EFFIGY | OIL AND SPRAY PAINT ON CANVAS | 96 X 144 “

Composites plundered from cartoons, humor magazines, horror movies, VHS covers, video games, trading cards, and illustrations from childhood all mix together into a primordial stew.

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His characters appear in his works over and over again, as if they exist autonomously in a dazed hung-over state, the gallery says.

Joe Becker’s blog, here.

His C.V. / biography, here.

 

 

 

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